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tekla-courseaccount · 5 years ago
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Blog Post #9: Invention and Inner Lizzie’s
Hello everyone I hope you all are having or had a wonderful week. We didn’t have any readings scheduled for awhile and I’m sure we were all ecstatic about that. The theme for this week and the next is invention. With the Invention Journal due this week and the Map of the World due next week, we are all showing the steps to get to a research paper. Both of the articles talked about how to come up with and formulate a research question, while controlling your writing anxiety. As someone who has major problems with formulating a research questions and writing anxiety, I understood these articles on a personal level.
In Antlitz article she talks about how to start writing and roll with it. Antlitz gives some amazing advice on how to map out ideas. Her taking flight approach was something refreshing to see. Often we put our personal feelings into our writing which isn’t always a great thing. By writing your feelings on one side of paper or wing, and writing the social context on the other, it gives you a balance between your ideas and a group of peers ideas. Being able to bounce of the two to not only draw similarities but differences.
My favorite writing advice that Antlitz gave was the random words idea. I find it hard to connect my ideas on how I want my research paper to go with articles I find. So this exercise will help me connect not only my ideas but articles together to help form a connected work. The idea of putting two things together that wouldn’t necessarily work is always a little scary but, it could make something beautiful in the end.
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In the second article Murray talks about how all writing is autobiographical since we are writing it. What I mean by that is we all have different writing styles and different inner people.We all have that different inner voice that comes out when we write. Which is what I call the Lizzie McGuire affect.
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Anyway I stand with Murray on the fact that all writing is indeed autobiographical. We all write with our own cartoon Lizzie’s. As we grow older or learn more about the topic our view on that changes but our writing style always stays the same. If I go back to look at my writing through the years my ideas may have changed but my voice that I find in my writing is always the same. Even if I wrote a poem in 5th grade I can still find my writing style that I use now as a sophomore, just more developed.
In the end of all my blabbering I find this week's theme of Invention really helpful. I am also a little nervous about next week's assignment. As always I’m sure I can get through it somehow. I hope you all have a great week next week, see you soon, Bye.
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leinadyestrada-blog · 5 years ago
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Blog #9
Good afternoon everyone! I hope everyone has had an awesome week so far. I enjoyed both readings assignments for this week. The first reading assignment entitled, “All Writing Is Autobiography by Donald M. Murray was really captivating because it he was so raw and honest with his audience. He openly discussed the topic of death and his perception of growing old. I enjoy talking to older people and listening to their life experiences. I appreciated the honesty of Mr. Donald Murray as he shared how being over sixty had its freedoms with a “deeper appreciation of life” but also “brings with increasing frequency, such terrible responsibilities as sitting with the dying.” It was so interesting to me how I think of life and death often but never really thought about sitting with dying people as a responsibility. My grandmother told me earlier this week her neighbor passed away and nobody knew for over a week. The topic of death was already on my mind because of what she told me and reading this article made me think of it in a different perspective. In many ways, it is our responsibility to be there for our loved ones and sometimes we get busy and forget to be there for them.
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In the same reading assignment Murray quoted Don DeLillo'S and wrote "I think after a while, a writer can begin to know himself through his language. He sees someone or something reflected back at him from these constructions.” I strongly believe that statement was true. I have analyzed my writing style more than even before because of this course and see myself in my writing styles. I also noticed a big difference in the way I write compared to others in this course with our blog posts on Tumblr.
The second reading assignment this week was “Taking Flight: Connecting Inner and Outer Realities during Invention” by Susan E. Antlitz. I tried The Two Wings Exercise and the Random Words Exercise. The Random Words Exercise was difficult because thre were words I just could not connect like “litter” and “utilities.” Susan Antlitz offered several creative ideas to help think of topics and issues to address. I was kind of impressed when a stone she collected made her think of a night at a beach with silvery waves. Looking at a rock has never made me think of a beach or anything of the sort. I feel encouraged to slow down, take a closer look at everyday things, and allow myself to be inspired instead of always being on the go 100 mph. The rock moved Susan to PAINT. When was the last time you felt that inspired? For me, the last time I felt inspired to paint anything was before this semester started.
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The anxiety portion of the second reading assignment helped too. I laughed a little when the article said, “Staying positive gives you the best chance of doing your best. So, imagine an audience that will be delighted with everything and anything you write.” Inside I’m praying our Professor will be delighted with everything and anything I include in my Invention Journal.
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 Best wishes to everyone! Hope everyone has a high grade in this course so far. Have a great weekend! Only one more month... we can do this!
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dennywallace-blog · 5 years ago
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Blog Post #7
I can’t believe it’s already week #7. Where is the time going?!? So this week we didn’t have a reading! Which was fine because I’m still drowning in other school work. It was a goal of mine to develop a better work ethic this year. It is already halfway through the semester and sometimes I feel defeated. Although I do, I still won’t give up! I am still trying my hardest, I just need to find ways that work better for me. Work is really stressing me out right now too. I contemplate quitting all the time because I just want to focus on school, but that seems impossible. I am very thankful for my job though. Working as a waitress can be very interesting and entertaining at times. I meet people from around the country everyday and they always have insane stories. Coming home to my excited puppy makes it a little easier too. Actually a lot easier! Anyways, this week was pleasant and I actually started writing in my journal. Hope my fellow classmates had a great week!!! Stay awesome.
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wenumber2 · 5 years ago
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WEek NUMBER six!
Looks like this week’s assignment was a podcast. Overall, both podcasts by Grammar Girl were interesting. To think that there are actual people that keep track of the words we use as time passes is pretty crazy. One thing that I kept going through my mind was the fact that our language is fluid. What I mean by this is that it changes. Living on the border and working retail (have the privilege  (NOT) of providing customer service to  Mexican nationals) I have to keep up with two languages. With that being said, these past few years I have started to hear the “You are in the US so you HAVE to speak English” argument. I am not so sure I agree with that. Soooo... what’s my point? Listening to the first podcast, I could not help but think that English, isn't really English. It changes with the times and adapts to the type of culture or overall way of life that we are living at the moment or in this case year. So the English of 2000 really isn't the English of 2017. 
As the weeks go by, I keep wanting to write on here a bit more but I don't really know what to write about. I like reading comics so that might be one way that I can practice my writing as I move forward in this class. 
Hope you all have a good weekend!!!
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katiegomez01-blog · 5 years ago
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I’m lost, can someone help me. My understanding is that we need to post blogs once a week based off the reading. Though I’m new to google docs I can’t seem to figure out how to connect with class or at least with the professor. I’m in need of library exploration sheet. 
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michaelagomez · 5 years ago
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Blog Post 15: Just me Ranting...
Ok guys, so I’m going to use most of this post to rant about how TERRIBLE this past week has been and how the next week will be no better, if not worse. For this week alone, I’ve already taken an O Chem II exam, U.S. History II final, completed a draft of my final project and reflection essay, finished my final review for Cal II, and BEGAN teaching myself two whole sections of O Chem II for my comprehensive final exam next week. In addition, I’m also trying to start my final portfolio! On top of this, I need to find time to create a resume for a tutoring job I want to apply for at the Learning Center. I’ve been staying up until about 4:30-5:00am on average for the past five days, and I don’t remember the last time I’ve felt this fatigued and exhausted. The amount of stress I’ve been under during this term’s finals period has definitely surpassed that of last semesters, and I’m already at the point where I just want to give up and turn to summer!
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So I completed a draft of my final project, and I honestly feel much better about it now compared to how I felt a week or two ago. At first, I was convinced I was going to create an argumentative text directed towards representatives in Congress, but I can see why changing my project made a big difference on the difficulty of the assignment. Narrowing my audience down to college students and then UTRGV students specifically boosted my confidence, especially since the biggest problem I’ve faced all semester is identifying and coming up with audiences.
Anyways, I hope everyone is doing better than I am, and I hope you’ve finished your final projects! Don’t forget to start working on your final portfolios as well! Also, if anyone needs their project to be peer reviewed/a partner, let me know!
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tekla-courseaccount · 5 years ago
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Rain Rain Go Away: Blog #8
Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Last week was a little bit stressful when it came to balancing work and school, but other then that I'm doing pretty good.However, this week was an easy train to calm town. I hope everyone had a less stressful week.
Anyway this week's reading was about tools to help your writing. Peter Elbow talks about turning your chaos into something you can actually turn in. Elbows tool about using a collage to get from chaos to coherence is actually something I kind of already do, Along with using a skeleton. 
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I tend to kind of just through out words to try to form anything.Basically just free writing like Compose Design Advocate says. If you have read my writing you know this because a lot of time I just don’t make any sense. I do a hybrid of chaos and structure so I did find the skeleton method most helpful and most like my writing style.Trying to find time to read and re read everything about the topic and finding the most important information. Making little notes while you read, germ sentences. Is something I really try to do when forming a paper.
The one thing I really need to concentrate on is figuring out a main idea. I always have trouble figuring out what I want to write about. I can create a collage and list about anything but trying to put it all together into something cohesive, is not my forte. I defiantly think the skeleton method is something that I will keep on coming back to.
I see myself using both methods and ideas from The Need for Care: Easy Speaking Onto the Page is Never Enough and from Compose Design Advocate.
Anyway sorry if this was more chaotic than a coherent work. I’m currently typing this with the horrible rain outside trying to get this up before anything happens to the wifi. As always I hope everyone has a great week. Off to go sit by the window with some tea and a book. Bye bye for now.
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leinadyestrada-blog · 5 years ago
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Blog #8
Hello everyone. I found our reading this week on The Need for Care in Writing really interesting and relatable. I am taking two English courses this semester. The professor from my other English course was very harsh on the first essay I submitted which has caused me to overthink and rephrase literally every sentence I write in his course. I remember he commented on one paragraph and said it “was not thought through or organized well” which hurt like crazy because I spent hours working on that paper. The comment was only on one paragrah but I felt like he said that about my entire response. When the reading this week mentioned how “unrelentingcare--the feeling that you can never relax your skeptical scrutiny” could be a problem made me reflect on how that habit could actually be harmful to my writing which is something I had not thought of before. I use the collage style of writing very frequently. I type 80 wpm so when I am writing I think of an outline, then type everything I think on a word document as I think it, delete what I believe is not especially persuasive/relevant, work on the structure, and then work on the smooth transitions. I am a messy writer and I know it which is why I constantly restructure and rephrase my work until I am thoroughly satisfied. For this reason,  I also related to Mark Twain’s quote: “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words” because it is the third step of my writing style. I find the collage style of writing more natural than the skeleton style of writing. Peter Elbow’s explanation of how the four stages get carelessness and care to interact was especially helpful. I am definitely going to follow these four stages in my next assignment.
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dennywallace-blog · 5 years ago
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Blog Post #6
So this week we listened to “Grammar Girl” and I really enjoyed her tips and facts. I loved how she mixed humor with grammar facts, it kept things a little more interesting. She explained in episode 551 “Words of the Year. Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing” many of the top searches in online dictionaries. Miriam Webster’s word of the year for 2016 was “surreal”. The searches for the word started to spike after occurring terrorist attacks this past year. I find it so amazing that the most searched words had a lot to do with politics in 2016. It seemed like everyone was on their toes the election, and this proved that. Grammar Girl also gave us some pretty good tips to improve our writing in 2017. My favorite and most relevant tip was “write for fun”. I’ve been telling myself to start writing in a journal for YEARS and I’ve never actually pushed myself to do it. 2017 is my year and I will finally start writing in the journal I bought for myself back in 2014.....
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In episode 510 “How Aphasia Causes Difficulty Speaking”, I learned about aphasia which is a type of brain damage in which you lose your ability to speak or understand speech. I loved this podcast because I had absolutely NO idea was aphasia was. The brain damage is most commonly caused by stroke, which is overall very sad. The most severe cases are called “global aphasia” and it may make the person mute. Less severe cases such as “fluent aphasia” and “non fluent aphasia” makes the person have a harder time structuring sentences. Dyslexia is also very common among people who suffer from aphasia. I learned a lot about my brain in this podcast! I had no clue who “Grammar Girl” was before but I’m going to challenge myself to listen to 1 podcast a week. Why not learn some more grammar tips this year?! This week was all about setting goals for myself and I’m excited to see where this takes me. Hope my fellow classmates had a great week! Stay awesome.
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wenumber2 · 5 years ago
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WEek NUMBER 5
This week we say a bit of change...todays reading was actually not a reading at all...IT WAS A VIDEO!
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First off...many of you all might be too young...but doesn't John Berger look like Ernest P. Worrell? lol
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Moving on...John Berger talked about how the camera changed how we see paintings. That was what I got on the surface. When we really listen to what he was saying, we can see that what he was talking about can be applied to what we are doing here. He spoke on the perspective of different people seeing different things on certain paintings. At times, that perspective was not what the original artist wanted to portray. He could initiatlly have a certain message but through reproductions, that message could be distorted and changed depending on the person seeing it. I think that can apply to our writing. We have a certain message that we are trying to convey but that message may not be the message that the reader gets. This could depend on the type of audience that has picked up our writing. The children he uses for his example really made that point clear. The kids were all seeing the same painting but they all had different takes on it depending on their experiences. Part of the message of the painter (Sexual ambiguity of the center figure) were in fact picked up by the kids. To end, he is introducing the episodes that are too folow and he stated that we must understand that he is using the reproductions to convey his message. His last line is something I truly believe and touches partly on my research. 
“I hope you consider what I arrange, but be skeptical of it”.
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franchescah-blog1 · 5 years ago
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Introduction
Hi, my name is Franchesca Hernandez. Everyone calls me Frenchy. My name is super long so in all honesty whatever makes you comfortable works for me; I have no preference. I'm 22 years old. I'm a mommy to 3 furry animals. I'm currently a full time employee as a Supervisor at Teleperformance and a full time student at of course UTRGV. English has always been one of the toughest subjects for me! But for this course it seems like there is going to be a lot of work to be done, a lot of thinking and a lot of research. Overall I think that it's going to make me a better writer and be where I need to be. I'm coming into this course with an open mind and I'm hoping to gain all the knowledge I'm seeking for! Tumblr is something really new to me, I'm not so much into social media. I'm getting the hang of this program itself. I hope I'm doing this Blog idea correctly because this is the only way it did make sense. I had my little sister explain to me on how to create a Tumblr and how to even get started creating a blog. I honestly was really confused, but I believe I'm doing this right and I'm getting the hang of it! I'm a tad bit confused on several parts of the assignments needing to be complete. For one, under the tab of assessments it's being talked about the "Learning Journals" we are required to keep online. Where exactly are we supposed to post these journals? I don't plan on falling behind on any of my assignments. I plan to ask a lot of questions throughout the semester only to be sure that everything is being completed correctly with no mistakes; or mistakes that can be adjusted.
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tabasco214-blog · 5 years ago
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Beginning to see beneath the surface...Blog III
First, I am going to whine because in my well-ordered world of corporate construction sales, everything fits in a scheduled timeline, projects have parameters, tools have their tool crib, blueprints are diagrammed with a layout and legend, but the reading selections this week were truncated on both sides of the scan for each document, leaving this reader with disjointed sentences and words, subtracting from the flow of the writing. I became preoccupied with deciphering the chopped words instead of gathering the meaning and context of the documents, forcing me to reread them several times to glean the “hidden” concepts.
Having sniveled for a moment, The Naming of What We Know series of excerpts look beneath the surface of writing (as reflected in my choice of Inspector Gadget under X-Ray above) to be considered as rhetoric. It refers to writing as the act of creating ideas, an act of thinking, invokes an audience and sets a role for them, is linked to identity, and is multimodal as it creates and recreates meaning. I ponder these aspects of writing as I continue my search for research sources to add character and simultaneously narrow my research question, as well as recover from the drive down to Houston, 4 days of sales training and networking, and the subsequent drive back to the Metroplex. My workouts have been hurried, my diet, while clean and consistent, has left me feeling flat and empty, and spinning so many plates between family, work and school has left me thin, “like butter scraped across too much bread...”
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Now that I have let y’all “look under my hood” for a moment, I did find the concept of how the Digital Age brings into question the distinctions between the audience and the writer to allow for greater agency, or in my own words, the interchange of roles like here on Tumblr, where a post can add a reply can add another reply, which can in turn spur a post in a different direction altogether, engaging the reader to become the writer to become reader again.
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